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Sean Worrell | 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Air Education and Training Command, headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, welcomed a new leader on July 26. 

Photo by Senior Airman Tristin English / 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Hundreds gathered for a memorial service to celebrate the life of retired Air Force Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph on Thursday. Cole was the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders, a daring group of World War II airmen who bombed Tokyo only months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He passed away in San Antonio on April 9 at age 103.

Port San Antonio

Lockheed Martin cut the ribbon on its new cyber security facility at Port San Antonio on Monday. The facility will host 100 workers in the Port’s Project Tech building, supporting clients like the 24th and 25th Air Forces as well as NSA Texas. Their activities could range from surveillance, electronic warfare, and other offensive and defensive operations.

Credit: Ruth A. Medina-Villanueva, 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

New recruits at Lackland Air Force Base shuffle into a room stacked high with shoe boxes. They’re in the middle of one of their first rites of passage: uniform issue. Trainers usher them around to different clothing stations to be fitted for all types of gear. Some recruits look flustered. They wear camouflage with the tags still on it.

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Twenty airmen left Lackland Air Force Base in the early hours of Friday morning with rucksacks on their backs. It’s the start of a tribute march journey that will take them across five states and 830 miles.

 "A Tribute To Freedom"
Michael Cirlos, III / Contributed photo

District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña introduced the $7 million first phase of the Lackland Corridor Gateway Project Tuesday. It includes a public art installation, “Tribute to Freedom,” which celebrates San Antonio’s military connection.

 

Inflexible work schedules and lack of support can make it tough for new mothers in the military to keep breastfeeding their children.

Contributed photo / U.S. Air Force

Thirteen years ago Friday, 21-year-old Elizabeth Jacobson became the first airman to die in Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was assigned to the 17th Security Forces Squadron out of Goodfellow Air Force Base near San Angelo, where she was memorialized.


The Air Force must expand its operational squadrons by some 25 percent in the coming years, officials say, to deal with the growing military might of China and Russia and to protect the homeland and continue to fight violent extremists.

"What we know now from analysis, what everyone in this room knows by experience," said Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson at a military conference outside Washington on Monday, is that "the Air Force is too small for what the nation expects of us."

Carson Frame / TPR News

Updated Sept. 6.

The Air Force has been battling a manpower crisis for several years as it continues to lose pilots to the lucrative airline industry. The total force faces a shortfall of about 2,000 pilots — the bulk of them fighters. It’s now exploring ways of modernizing its training pipeline, with the goal of making it faster and less expensive.


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